Slovakia: Bratislava City Card

Slovakia: Bratislava City Card

Bratislava City Cards offer you the chance to see more of Bratislava for less. On our recent visit to Bratislava we tried out the 48 hour cards. Having never used city cards before we were eager to see what we could do, what we could see and what we could use by having them. We arrived in Bratislava around lunchtime, dropped our bags at our hotel and hotfooted it to the Central Tourist Information Centre located on Klobucnicka 2 (which is just off the main square). We were greeted by a very friendly and helpful lady, who spoke impeccable English, who explained that the 48 hours could be started whenever we wanted it to; we decided to hit the ground running and activate them straight away. After signing the back of the cards they were handed over to use, together with an information leaflet and thick shiny guidebook.

Bratislava City Card

Bratislava City Card

Hlavne Namestie - Main Square, Bratislava

Hlavne Namestie – Main Square, Bratislava

Even though Bratislava is not a massive town from the information leaflet we were given it appeared that there was more to do then we originally thought, so first things first, we needed to formulate a plan and there is no better way of doing so than over a pint of the local beer! I’m afraid to say we didn’t use our Bratislava City Cards to the fullest as 48 hours was simply not enough time to take advantage of all the offers available by having it. Also, as the sun was shining and it was a staggering (for us Brits) 35 degrees, we wanted to make the most of the glorious weather and spend as much time outside as possible. I imagine if we had visited in the winter months the admission reductions offered on museums would have appealed, also proving that there is lots to do in this gem of a city even when the weather isn’t on your side.
Hans Christian Andersen Sculpture in Bratislava

Hans Christian Andersen Sculpture in Bratislava

Hviezdoslav Statue, Bratislava - Famous Slovak Poet

Hviezdoslav Statue, Bratislava – Famous Slovak Poet

The activity that jumped out at us the most was the 1 hour guided walking tour (you must book before 12 noon on the day you wish to take the tour). We met our tour guide L’ubica outside the Tourist Information Centre at 1.00pm on our second day in the city. She was very mindful of the intense heat and always found shade for us. Also, there was only one other person on the tour other than Mr ESLT and I, meaning we could hear everything she was telling us which is sometimes not the case when there is a large group. We happily wandered the streets of Bratislava as L’ubica pointed out key buildings and explained their history. Our favourites being the Old Town Hall and St Martin’s Cathedral. The hour flew by and the walking tour alone was worth the cost of the Bratislava City Card.
Old Town Hall, Bratislava

Old Town Hall, Bratislava

St Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava

St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava

The Old Town of Bratislava itself is quite compact and pedestrianised, therefore we walked everywhere. However, if we had, had more time it would have been great to explore outside of the city and take advantage of the free unlimited public transport (trams, trolleybuses, buses and trains) which is included in the cost of the Bratislava City Card.
Hop on Hop off Buses around Bratislava

Hop on Hop off Buses around Bratislava

Trams in Bratislava

Trams in Bratislava

Card Type and Prices

  • 1-day card: 12 €
  • 2-day card: 14 €
  • 3-day card: 16 €

Where to Buy

  • Tourist Information Centre, Klobučnícka 2, city centre
  • Tourist Information Centre, Bratislava Airport
  • ZSSK Customer centre – Hlavná stanica train station
  • ZSSK Customer centre – Hodžovo námestie (underpass)
  • AS Mlynské nivy bus station
  • Flora Tour – Twin City Liner landing stage (HUMA 6), Rázusovo nábrežie
  • Flora Tour – Kúpeľná 6
  • TIC Region Tirnavia – Trojičné námestie 1, Trnava town
  • Reception desks of selected hotels
Streets in Bratislava, Slovakia

Streets in Bratislava, Slovakia

Even just buy doing the walking tour and visiting one museum using a Bratislava City Card would save money (which is always great if you are traveling on a budget. Therefore, we recommend trying one for yourself. We also recommend devising an itinerary of what you want to see and do before collecting your card, that way you can use it to its full potential, especially if you opt for the 1 day card.

  • We were given two 48 hour Bratislava City Cards from Visit Bratislava for the purpose of review. Opinions, as always, are honest and ours.
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  1. July 20, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Interesting, I have never considered the card while in the city. But at the same time, I have spread out the sightseeing over a longer period of time and multiple visits. 🙂
    Bratislava really is a lovely city, especially when the sun is shining. We lived there for a year and a half before moving back to Sweden. There really are a lot to see, it just takes some time to see find most of it once you leave the old town. The old town is really nice for a day trip, but to visit places like the Devin Castle and the Slavin war memorial you will probably need a bit more time. There are also a quite interesting WWII bunker – Bunker BS-8 – a few kilometers south of the old town, at the Austrian border.:)

    • August 29, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      I think you have to prepare a list of where you want to visit in advance when using the cards to get the most benefit out of them. We really want to to return to Slovakia to see more especially Devin Castle like you mention. We are hopefully visiting Austria next year so will try and cross over into Slovakia to take in the WWII bunker – thanks for the recommendation 🙂